Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 12

Posted 1/11/23

Things to do in Lexington County.

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Stay Here, Play Here: Lexington County events for the week of Jan. 12


Friday — Jan. 13

“Aladdin Jr.”
Bring the kids to the Harbison Theatre at Midlands Technical College (7300 College St. in Irmo) for a performance of “Aladdin Jr.” presented by the Irmo Chapin Recreation Commision: “Aladdin and his three friends, Babkak, Omar, and Kassim, are down on their luck until Aladdin discovers a magic lamp and the Genie who has the power to grant three wishes. Wanting to earn the respect of the princess, Jasmine, Aladdin embarks on an adventure that will test his will and his moral character. With expanded characters, new songs, and more thrills, this new adaptation of the beloved story will open up a whole new world.” Visit for more information.

Jordan River Band (concert)
Join Bill’s Music Shop & Pickin’ Parlor (710 Meeting St. in West Columbia) for a performance by the Jordan River Band. The group will perform bluegrass, gospel and Christian rock starting at 8 p.m. Admission is a $10 donation, and children under eight years old are free. Visit for more information.

Dragline Silk (concert)
The Skyline Club (100 Lee St. in West Columbia) hosts Dragline Silk. The Columbia band will play classic rock, country and pop hits starting at 9 p.m. Doors open at 6 p.m. and admission is $5. Visit for more information.

The Emotron (concert)
Join Southern-bred solo performance artist The Emotron at New Brookland Tavern (122 State St. in West Columbia) for a show with MC Homeless, King Saul and the Heretics, and Warfare Check. There will also be a raffle giveaway by Bluetile Skateboards. Showtime is 7 p.m., and tickets are $15. Visit for more information.

Saturday — Jan. 14

Meeting Street Artisan Market
Head over to the Interactive Art Park (425 Meeting St. in West Columbia) for the Meeting Street Artisan Market. The market includes vendors selling original art, crafts, foods, and produce. Support local vendors, interact with the unique sculptures throughout the park, and then head to State and Meeting Streets, and Court Avenue to continue shopping and dining. The Market is free to attend and runs from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visit for more information.

Modern Companion 4th Birthday Bash
Modern Companion (508-B Lexington Ave.), a Chapin shop that “creates and curates products for stylish pets and their humans,” celebrates four years in business from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. with free cake, exclusive deals and more. Find more info at

Drew Medlin (concert)
Singer/songwriter Drew Medlin performs at Steel Hands Brewing (2350 Foreman St. in Cayce). Medlin plays a mix of covers and originals starting at 1 p.m. and running until 4 p.m. The show is free to attend. Visit for more information.

Radio Source (concert)
Columbia's Radio Source specializes in playing local venues, private events and parties, bringing a selection of favorites from the '80s, '90s and today. The band plays Lexington's Wings N Ale (154 Ellis Ave.) at 9 p.m. Find more info at

Sunday — Jan. 15

Jim LeBlanc (concert)
Join Savage Craft Ale Works (430 Center St. in West Columbia) as it hosts singer/songwriter Jim LeBlanc. LeBlanc, also called “The Songsmith,” will play from 4 to 7 p.m., and the event is free to attend. Visit for more information.

LeTron Brantley
Chayz Lounge (607 Meeting St. in West Columbia) and saxophonist LeTron Brantley present “The Soul Jazz Experience.” Expect to hear hits and classics by Etta James, Ella Fitzgerald, Natalie Cole, The Isley Brothers, Marvin Gaye, Stevie Wonder, Aretha Franklin, and more. Showtime is 8 p.m., and tickets are $25. Dressy attire is required. Visit for more information.

Tuesday — Jan. 17

Family Fun Night
Join O’Hara’s Public House (131 East Main St.) for their weekly Family Fun Night. Enjoy free balloon animals and a free dessert with every kids’ meal. Family Fun Night runs from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Board Game Night
Bring the kids (grades 6-12) to the Irmo Branch Library (6251 St. Andrews Rd.) for a night of fun board games. Grab a snack and enjoy a night of board games, whether you’re trying a new one or challenging a friend to an old favorite. This event is free to attend and runs from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. Visit for more information.

Thursday — Jan. 19

“History of BBQ” (presentation)
The Lexington County Museum (231 Fox St.) hosts historian and writer Robert F. Moss for a talk on the history of barbecue in South Carolina and Lexington County. This presentation will look at the origins of pit-cooked meats in the New World and trace the development of barbecue in South Carolina from the colonial era till today, with a special focus on Lexington County. This event begins at 6 p.m. and admission is $20. Visit for more information.

Across the County Line

“Wolfgang & Wine” (concert)
Jan. 14, the Koger Center for the Arts (1051 Greene St. in Columbia) and the S.C. Philharmonic performs its “Wolfgang & Wine” concert. Enjoy an evening of music by Handel, Vivaldi, and of course Mozart, paired with a special pre-show wine tasting event. General admission tickets are $25 (including both the wine tasting and the concert), and the tasting begins at 6 p.m. You must be 21 or older to participate. Visit for more information.

Carroll Brown (concert)
The Newberry Opera House (1201 McKibben St.) presents an afternoon of some of our greatest local talent with their SC Singer Songwriters event on Sunday, January 15th. The featured performer for this show will be Camden’s Carroll Brown. Showtime is 3 p.m., and tickets are $30. Visit for more information.

“The Whale” (film)
The Nickelodeon Theatre (1607 Main St. in Columbia) screens the critically acclaimed Darren Aronofsky-directed film “The Whale,” starring Brendan Fraser, through at least Jan. 15. Visit for more information.

The Columbia Museum of Art (1515 Main St.) hosts an MLK Day event on Jan. 16. In honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the museum is open with free admission. Don’t miss “A Storytelling Celebration” commemorating King’s life The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Visit for more information.

“Mr. Burns, a Post-Electric Play”
Head over to the Trustus Theatre (520 Lady St in Columbia.) for “Mr. Burns.” The play concerns a group of post-apocalyptic survivors as they gather around a fire and try to reconstruct an episode of “The Simpsons” from memory. The effort gives way to a larger effort to create the mythology for a new civilization. The suggested age for the play, which runs from Jan. 20 to Feb. 4, is 13 and up. Tickets range from $27 to $35. Visit for more information.


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